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I haven't gotten back my admissions results from UF yet, but I am 99% sure I will get in come February. I am having trouble between deciding to get a BA in Economics (with math minor) or BS in Finance.
My goal after college is to become a financial advisor, investment banker, financial officer, or anything related. I also want to get an MBA from the best school possible. I am also very interested in doing personal investing in the stock market; furthermore, I want to pick the major that will help me with this.
I am going to UF purely to save money for future costs of education and so I have more money to invest early.
My reasons for each are following:
Economics with math minor
-I love economics
-Potentially easier to earn a high GPA than in finance
-Economics is versatile and good for anything
-Economics will allow me to minor in math, which looks good on resumes and applications.
-Game theory is always good to know
-Economics has many business applications
-A math minor may be challenging and hurt my GPA (Diff equations, linear algebra, analytic calculus, and function work is required). But if I do not get the math minor, my value will go down the hole.
-Economics is perhaps not directly related to investing and finance.
-Useful degree in investing and many terms
-Directly related the career I want (economics is too; however, less than finance is)
-I like it and it will help me personally with lots of things
-Technically a business major, which I do not like.
-Might be challenging and GPA will be hard to get
-Finance majors are extremely common
After these thoughts, here are my real questions:
~Which is considered and easier major, economics with math minor or finance? Not so I can slack, but so I can help myself get into business school.
~How challenging is a math minor to earn?
~Which would help me land better jobs (before I get the MBA)?
~What is the general impression of each major on campus?
~Is financial accounting harder than the math classes that deal with trig?
~I know finance gets a bad reputation, but how well does the major actually fare overall?
~Which major would top MBA programs look at more favorably?
~Which major will prepare me for the GMAT?
~Which would you do? BA Economics, Math minor or BSBA Finance?
~It seems that historically many famous investors majored in economics, does this mean that it is better?